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The theory is that if someone yells "Fire!" in a crowded theater, and someone suffers an injury while exiting the theater, the person who yelled "Fire!" is responsible for said injury. But what if, on the way out of the theater, a group of people actually start a number of fires where none existed. Who is then responsible for the injuries?

Newsweek magazine, in their issue dated May 9, 2005, basically yelled "Fire!" in a crowded Muslim theater when they accused (erroneously, as it turns out) US soldiers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of flushing a Koran down a toilet. However, when Muslims rioted in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, after reading the report, they essentially started a fire storm during the theater exodus. Sixteen or 17 deaths ensued, while 100's of others suffered injuries. Who is really more to blame? If the fires had not been set, the resulting injuries may not have amounted to more than a stubbed toe or two. The worldwide Muslim community really needs to get a grip.

Posted by Rick | May 17, 2005 11:52 PM

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